‘Unfinished Business’ Feels Incomplete
The movie starts out with Daniel Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) arguing with his boss Chuck (Sienna Miller) about a 5% pay decrease. He refuses to “walk with her” and ends up quitting his job and starts his own firm called Apex Solutions.
His two associates are Timothy (Tom Wilkinson), who has been laid off for being too old for his job and Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), who just finished his interview at Trunkman’s ex-company.
The trio starts their office, located in a Dunkin’ Doughnuts, and stays there for over a year. Trunkman’s business goes down hill until one day they think they have scored a big deal with a German company and fly to Portland and then to Berlin for “the shake,” which will seal the deal.
While everything seems to have fallen perfectly into place, we see that it is not a happily ever after. We have Trunkman striving to support his family and send his son to private school so that his son won’t be bullied. Timothy wants to divorce his wife but at the same time make sure she’s taken care of financially. Then there’s Mike, who is socially awkward and desperately needs a confidence boost.
This German deal is really important to all three of them and. Of course nothing can be so perfect, right? Enter Chuck. After traveling to Portland, they find out that Chuck is also there to negotiate the same deal with the very same company.
Then they all have to travel to Berlin to “present their numbers” and see who gets the deal. However, their time in Berlin is somehow in the middle of some random protest, Oktoberfest and a large gay festival. There is some explicit nudity thrown in completely unnecessarily.
This movie offers some good messages but as Trunkman tries to save his company, he lies to his wife (June Diane Raphael) about how much money he has and about trying to be there for his two children, Paul (Britton Sear) and Bess (Ella Anderson). With Timothy trying to get some of his youth back and Mike trying hard be useful and to make people take him seriously, you are left wondering what message was there in this movie to start with.
Director Ken Scott and script writer Steve Conrad have brought in too many characters with too many stories and tried to connect too many strings.
The creators are throwing too many things at the wall and hope that it all sticks. This movie has some great moments and some really meaningful messages but it all gets lost in the jumbled stories and side stories that take place.
“Too many cooks spoil the broth” and that is exactly what happens in this movie. It simply has too many stories clashing with one another and too many characters coming into the picture.
It’s a commendable effort, but “Unfinished Business” is a film that is best caught on TV or a date-less Friday night.
ONLY RECOMMENDED: If you’re bored and want to watch something to pass time or for fun.